Edward Sternaman

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Edward "Dutch" Sternaman
Edward Sternaman.jpg
Born:February 9, 1895
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died:February 1, 1973(1973-02-01) (aged 77)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Career information
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight176 lb (80 kg)
Career history
As player
1920Decatur Staleys
1921Chicago Staleys
1922–1927Chicago Bears
As co-owner
1920Decatur Staleys
1921Chicago Staleys
1922–1933Chicago Bears
Career highlights and awards

Edward Sternaman (February 9, 1895 – February 1, 1973), better known as Dutch, was an American player, coach, and owner in professional football for the NFL's Chicago Bears.

During the 1910s, Sternaman and George Halas excelled on the Illinois Fighting Illini football team. In 1919, he was contacted by executives from the Arcola football team to assemble a roster strong enough to exact revenge on A. E. Staley's team following a 41–0 loss. Although Sternaman agreed and organized a roster, the Staleys were not present when they became aware of the plan. Staley later approached Sternaman to increase the team's competitiveness, but he declined as he was close to finishing his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[1]

In 1920, Halas assumed control of the Staleys, and Sternaman was the first player to sign with the team.[2] During the 1920 season, Sternaman would rush for 11 touchdowns.[3] He was also known for his kicking prowess, finishing his career with 21 field goals and 28 extra points when including 1920.[4] When the team moved to Chicago in 1921, Halas sold 50 percent of the club to Sternaman.[5] At season's end, the two competed with agent Bill Harley for ownership of the Staleys, and were declared by the American Professional Football Association (now National Football League) as the team's owners in an 8–2 vote. The Staleys were renamed the Bears in 1922.[6] Joey Sternaman, Dutch's younger brother, also played for the team.

During the Great Depression, Sternaman lost money in bad investments, and arranged for Halas to buy out his share of the Bears. The agreement had a deadline for Halas to make final payment or lose everything he had invested to Sternaman. According to Halas, he made the final payment with just minutes to spare.

In the 1930s he coached at North Park University in Chicago.


  1. ^ Sorensen, Mark W. "History of the Decatur Staleys / Chicago Bears". Staley Museum. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Sorensen, Mark W. "George Stanley Halas". Staley Museum. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.profootballresearchers.org/members-only/Linescores/1920Linescore.pdf
  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SterDu20.htm
  5. ^ Willis 2010, p. 141–142.
  6. ^ Willis 2010, p. 148.

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